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    Post #1 - November 8th, 2012, 2:38 pm
    Post #1 - November 8th, 2012, 2:38 pm Post #1 - November 8th, 2012, 2:38 pm
    I'm wondering if anyone here has encountered the "Turkish bagel" known as Simit anywhere in Chicago.

    I was traveling in Turkey a few years ago, and everywhere you go, vendors are selling these sesame seed covered bread rings - in carts, on long sticks, in bakeries, virtually everywhere all over the country and especially in Istanbul.

    Besides being deliicous, I was hoping to find some to take to a family gathering at Thansgiving, to surprise by brothers who traveled with me. But I have never seen them in Chicago. Anywhere.


    Has anyone?

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  • Post #2 - November 8th, 2012, 2:46 pm
    Post #2 - November 8th, 2012, 2:46 pm Post #2 - November 8th, 2012, 2:46 pm
    Hi,

    I did a search to find a mention of simit in the Chicago area here: viewtopic.php?p=51202#p51202

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #3 - November 8th, 2012, 2:54 pm
    Post #3 - November 8th, 2012, 2:54 pm Post #3 - November 8th, 2012, 2:54 pm
    You got my hopes up...

    But I called and they said they dont have simit. :(
  • Post #4 - November 8th, 2012, 5:01 pm
    Post #4 - November 8th, 2012, 5:01 pm Post #4 - November 8th, 2012, 5:01 pm
    threegoofs wrote:I'm wondering if anyone here has encountered the "Turkish bagel" known as Simit anywhere in Chicago.

    Try Istanbul Market in Mount Prospect (Elmhurst and Oakton) [Yelp Link]
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  • Post #5 - November 8th, 2012, 5:34 pm
    Post #5 - November 8th, 2012, 5:34 pm Post #5 - November 8th, 2012, 5:34 pm
    Arab pita bakeries have very similar products. Try Sanabel or Al Khayam on Kedzie.
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  • Post #6 - June 3rd, 2013, 9:41 am
    Post #6 - June 3rd, 2013, 9:41 am Post #6 - June 3rd, 2013, 9:41 am
    I was at Feyrous Pastries (4510 N Kedzie) yesterday in Albany Park (not far from the Kedzie Brown stop) and they said they bake what sounded like Simit fresh there every day. They said you can call and order ahead too. I'm not sure if it's 100% Simit, but what they said sounded just like it (round, baked dough with sesame).

    I miss this stuff from Turkey for sure. Great street food
  • Post #7 - January 31st, 2018, 8:52 pm
    Post #7 - January 31st, 2018, 8:52 pm Post #7 - January 31st, 2018, 8:52 pm
    I am bumping this thread. I visited the cobbler near Broadway and Belmont and, passing some time, I tarried in Anatolian Express. It was rather distinctly lackluster, but the tea was good. I noted that they had simit on the menu, and also claimed to bake it fresh, but they indicated that it was not available and did not know when it would be available. A good many things on the menu were not available, so much so that it seems what is not available outnumbers the things that are.

    I am hunting for good simit as well. I've known certain Iraqi bakeries to make the stuff, which goes by سميط‎ in Arabic (samītˤ, more like 'simeat' in Iraqi vernacular), but note that there are certain items that look very similar but are doughy and sweet, like chureck.
  • Post #8 - February 2nd, 2018, 9:30 am
    Post #8 - February 2nd, 2018, 9:30 am Post #8 - February 2nd, 2018, 9:30 am
    Fresh Farms in Niles, which at its core is a Greek, often has, well whatever they call simit in Greek, but it's about the same thing (eg. doner--gyro). Like most of the bakery stuff there, especially the breads, the Greek bagels are quite good.
  • Post #9 - February 2nd, 2018, 10:26 am
    Post #9 - February 2nd, 2018, 10:26 am Post #9 - February 2nd, 2018, 10:26 am
    Whenever I see it, I pick up the Arab bread called ka'ak. It's not the same as simit, but it scratches the itch. I've see it at occasionally at Sahar Market and Sanabel, and frequently at the bakeries in Bridgeview.
  • Post #10 - February 7th, 2018, 12:57 pm
    Post #10 - February 7th, 2018, 12:57 pm Post #10 - February 7th, 2018, 12:57 pm
    Pera Turkish Kitchen bakes and serves simit for weekend brunch, so they tell me, from 9-2 on weekends. It is not otherwise available there. But when is it hot and fresh? I asked them if they will oblige me with tea refills if I come (I guzzle Black Sea tea when available) and was given the rather strange response, "Why not?"

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